On a night the Marlins finally put together a winning streak with their most dramatic victory of the season, the enthusiasm was tempered by bad news.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring that president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said “is not good.”
Stanton’s injury occurred in the 10th inning of the Marlins’ 15-inning, 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday, a game that took 5 hours, 31 minutes to play.
Stanton, who was injured as he attempted to beat out a tapper in front of the plate, said he heard a pop. He will have an MRI today.
“(We’ll) find out more, but any time you go down it’s not good,” a distraught Stanton said.
When asked about his level of frustration, Stanton said: “Lovely, wonderful.”
“I knew it was bad,” manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s a big blow, there’s no doubt. We’re enjoying this win tonight but at the same time tomorrow the reality will set in that he’s not in the lineup anymore.”
Said Beinfest: “He’s hurting and we got to be careful.”
The Marlins rallied twice with Nick Green’s sacrifice fly scoring Justin Ruggiano with the winning run.
Rob Brantly tied the score in the 15th with a single that scored Greg Dobbs after Ruben Tejada’s infield single in the top of the 15th gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Green’s sacrifice fly in the ninth tied the score at 2 and set up the extra innings.
“These guys are resilient and they keep battling,” Redmond said. “We had every opportunity to give up in that game but they kept battling and they kept fighting.”
Stanton will be joined on the disabled list by first baseman Joe Mahoney, who has a tight right hamstring. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna will be brought up from Class AA Jacksonville and is likely to make his major league debut tonight in place of Stanton. Ozuna, 22, is rated as the Marlins’ fifth-best prospect.
Left-hander Brad Hand is being recalled from Class AAA New Orleans to help a beleaguered bullpen.
Stanton hit the bag and then started hopping on his left leg before dropping to the turf face first. After falling he buried his face in his left arm and pounded the ground with his right fist.
Stanton, who appeared to be breaking out of his slump with his first three home runs of the season on Saturday and Sunday, was 0-for-5 Monday.
Stanton had missed six games this season with a sore left shoulder.
Rookie Jose Fernandez, who started the game and lasted just four innings, saw Stanton in the clubhouse right after the injury.
“He wasn’t happy,” Stanton said.
Dobbs started the game-winning rally with a single off loser Shaun Marcum (0-2). Ruggiano then walked before Brantly’s single. Green then ended the marathon.
Jon Rauch (1-2) pitched the final three innings, allowing one run. Marlins relievers did not allow a run from the fifth to the 15th inning.
By the end the crowd of 15,605 had dwindled to a few hundred.
The Marlins had runners on in every inning except the fifth and eighth and left the bases loaded in the 12th when Placido Polanco grounded out. Polanco was hitless in seven at-bats, his average dropping to .264.
The Marlins tied the score at 2 in the ninth inning when Ruggiano doubled off Mets closer Bobby Parnell, moved to third on Brantly’s single and scored on Green’s sacrifice fly.
Fernandez lasted just four innings, equaling his shortest outing of the year. He threw 81 pitches, allowing three hits and walking the leadoff hitter in three of his four innings.
Mets ace Matt Harvey allowed a season-high seven hits in a season-low 5 1/3 innings while throwing a career-high 121 pitches.
Noteworthy: Mets third baseman David Wright didn’t start because of a stiff neck but pinch-hit in the 13th inning. He struck out looking with a runner on first.